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Summary: First of a two-part series about doubts. While one may not doubt God, His Word, Jesus' death for sin, or the resurrection, one may doubt God's love or care when faced with life's troubles.

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Series: Doubts

Sermon: Jesus Can Overcome My Doubts

Scripture: Mark 16: 1-16

Everything that took place on resurrection morning shows that His followers just did not expect Jesus to be R____________ up from the dead.

Scripture references showing their doubts and fears:

Mark 16:1-8—women were afraid, trembling

John 20: 1-2—Mary Magdalene believes that somebody has removed Jesus’ body.

Luke 24: 12—Peter went to empty tomb and wondered what happened.

John 20: 13-15—Mary thought Jesus was gardener and asked if he knew where they had taken Jesus’ body.

Mark 16: 11==Disciples didn’t believe Mary’s report.

Mark 16: 13—disciples didn’t believe report of two from country.

Luke 24:36-37—When Jesus appeared, they were afraid, thinking He was a ghost.

John 20: 25—Thomas didn’t believe other disciples’ report.

I. W____________ do we have doubts?

We doubt when we are U_______________________.

B. We doubt when we are A_______________________.

C. We doubt when we don’t T_______________________.

We may not doubt the T___________ of God’s Word, but we doubt in other areas of life.

II. How does Jesus H_____________ us overcome doubts?

Jesus C____________________ our misunderstanding.

We don’t need to know all the answers. We just need to know the O_________ who does!

Jesus Brings P_______________

Instead of asking, “Why are you doing this to me, God?” we need to pray, “Lord, help me to trust you through this fearful time.”

C. Jesus Trusts Us with His W_____________ Mark 16:15-18:

Jesus is trusting us with the task of sharing the gospel message with others. And as we are faithful in that, we can trust that Jesus will P_______________ people to receive the gospel, and will P________________ us through whatever comes and regardless of the outcome.

Series: Doubts

Sermon: Jesus Can Overcome My Doubts

Scripture: Mark 16: 1-16

Introduction

Resurrection morning was a time filled with all kinds of doubt. Even though Jesus had tried to prepare His followers for the resurrection, they just didn’t get it. Everything that took place that morning shows that they just did not expect Jesus to be raised up from the dead.

I’m going to mention several verses here, and the references are all recorded on your Note Sheet. You’ve heard all these references at one time or another, but I’m just pulling them all together to show the doubt that they had.

Mark 16:1-8 tells how several women came bringing spices to anoint Jesus’ body, which is a sure sign that they expected Jesus to be dead, and to remain dead. When the angel told them Jesus had risen, here’s what Mark writes, 8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.”

It doesn’t specifically mention doubt here, but when you put it together with John 20: 1-2, where Mary Magdalene is at the tomb by herself, sees the stone rolled away, and 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!" So she believes that somebody has removed Jesus’ body; not that He has risen.

John records that both Peter and John, [he refers to himself as the disciple Jesus loved] ran to the tomb to check things out. Luke just records Peter going to the tomb in Luke 24: 12, where he says, “Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.”

At some point in the morning, Mary Magdalene is back at the tomb, crying, when she sees two angels. John 20: 13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?" "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

Then Jesus makes it known that it’s him, and He tells her to go back and tell the disciples. Mark picks it back up in Mark 16: 10-11, 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

Then you have the two that Jesus was walking with going to Emmaus, and they didn’t recognize it was Jesus until their eyes were opened when they sat at the table. In Mark 16: 12-13, Mark says, 12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

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